The world wide web is host to roughly one gazillion computer-tonnes of
information (that's what information is measured in right?) and word on
the internet is that Apple has 'accidentally' leaked some details about
the new iPad to the public. Surely what has been shown is enough to get
everyone pumped for a completely new revolutionary device filled with
lots of neat gadgets that is completely worth the extra £100 or so in
comparison to the older iPads? Well... almost.
Don't get me wrong Apple fans, the information given so far has been
pretty good. A faster processor, higher resolution screen and the
installation of Siri isn't something to scoff at but to a student it
may not be enough to warrant the cost.
Though we're not quite yet into December, it's probably about time to start thinking about what gifts you're going to pick up for your friends and family. If you're anything like most other people, coming up with presents for everyone in your life is probably an unnecessarily difficult task. At least, it is for me somewhere near 90% of the time.
But, if you've got a tech nerd in your life, then you're in luck. For the next couple of weeks, I'll be putting together lists of the hottest products in gaming and tech for every budget. This week, you'll find some of the best things you can buy for £50 and under. It might be a bit hard finding products that fall within this range because, let's face it, gadgets are an expensive hobby. Still, if you know where to look, you'll find plenty of products that any tech geek would be glad to have.
If you, for whatever reason, never took the advice we dispensed several months ago about getting Steam, you may have just missed out on one of the best gaming sales of the year. As we noted, Valve, the company behind the Steam platform, is notorious for offering its customers unbeatable discounts almost year round, in addition to providing them with top quality games. However, around the holidays, Valve tends to go overboard with its deals, and this year was no exception.
For anyone who has yet to hear (and we assume this includes the vast majority of you out there), yesterday marked the beginning of UK Get Online Week. Yes, someone somewhere decided that we should dedicate a full week trying to convince people who've never experienced the wonders of the internet to get online and try it out. According to statistics that I will assume are correct because I have neither the means nor the willpower to fact check them, approximately 10 million Britons have never once in their life used the internet. In order to encourage them to hop online, there will be some 3,000 events held across the UK over the course of the week in an attempt to have them spend even less time outdoors or playing with their grandkids, because, let's face it, anyone who has yet to use the internet in this day and age probably has grandkids.
HTC and the Apple iPad were the big winners at this year's T3 Gadget Awards, taking home the prizes for Brand of the Year and Gadget of the Year respectively. While both were well deserving of their prizes (HTC has been invaluable for Google during its push to usher Android OS into the marketplace and the iPad has helped bring tech to the mainstream), I'm still having a hard time figuring out why there needed to be an award show to help us determine these things. Granted, I'm not even a fan of awards for movies and television shows but at least recognising those things is somewhat understandable. Often times, the best shows and best performances will go unacknowledged by viewers or box office receipts. So, crediting them, if only with an award, is vaguely reasonable.
As we noted in our previous post, being a gamer can be hard on the wallet. With new releases often priced somewhere in the neighbourhood of £35 and £40, every new title is a considerable investment. That said, however, it's still entirely possible to find ways to waste your time playing games (let's be honest, gaming isn't exactly an activity you'd call productive) without breaking the bank. Here are a few more of our favourites: